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Am I Subscribed? [Feature]

Email notifications are a great way to get alerted to new content on The Network. You can subscribe to any network, forum, or user. Or you can subscribe to receive all new comments added to a specific post.

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Email Alerts of New Comments, Posts [Feature]

 Since launching The Network we've had a number of people asking for email notifications in the forums. Thanks for that suggestion and it's now live on the site.In the first post of any forum thread (including this one!), logged-in users will see two options:

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Facebook "Like" Button, Top 10 Lists [Feature]

 Who said denominations are slow?Well, OK, maybe I've said that once or twice too. But not this time! Just a couple of days after it was announced, we've implemented Facebook's new "Like" button on the Network site. It feels good to be johnny-on-the-spot sometimes!

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Follow a User Via Email Alerts [Feature]

Last week we introduced the ability to follow a conversation with email alerts.Today, we've added the ability to get email alerts of all the new postings by a particular user. So you can follow postings by your friends, fellow church members, or another user you've found to be particularly insightful. Or funny. Or profound. Or just plain interesting.

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Sharing Sidebar [Feature]

 Happy day - we finally got our new sharing sidebar live. And just in time for the fall ministry season so you can share Network pages with ministry leaders in your church. It looks like this:

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Young Leaders Say: "Promote The Network"

 At the end of August, a diverse group of 30 young adults gathered to discuss the CRC, its future, and the role of young people in our denomination. You can read more about it in the recent Banner articleConnecting the Church with Young Adults.

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Expanded Top Ten Lists [Feature]

 As David Letterman used to say: “From the home office in Grand Rapids, Michigan; here is tonight’s top ten list.”  Well The Network has expanded our own “Top 10” section to now display:From the Community (that’s all of you!)

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Profile Progress Meter [Feature]

We've been busy adding new features. Well, more accurately, Chris - our web developer - has been busy adding new features.Maybe you've imagined a team of programmers behind the scenes making this Network website happen. Nope. It's just Chris working one day per week for The Network. But he's getting a lot done in that one day.

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Two Newly Created Discussion Networks

We are excited to announce two newly created discussion forums on The Network: Hospitality and Young Adults. We hope these forums will foster discussions for those who participate in hospitality ministries and those who are interested in ministry by, for, or with young adults.

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Next Steps for Me...and for The Network

Today I retire.So I’d like to say a thing or two about this venture, The Network, and give you an opportunity to weigh in on its future. We launched The Network on February, 2010, not knowing exactly what to expect. We’ve watched it grow during each one of these last 18 months. 

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Suggest a Blog Topic (ALSO: Guest Bloggers Welcome)

When cruising around The Network, have you ever thought: "They should really blog about...."Well now you can use this handy-dandy form to suggest a blog topic for one of our Network sections. We'll make sure it gets to the right guide for their full consideration.

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Ministry Q&A | The Wisdom of the Crowds [Feature]

Have you ever thought: “I wonder how other churches do this”? Wouldn't it be great to ask others how they handled a particular ministry situation? Today, we're annnouncing a new feature of The Network called "Ministry Q&A". Just post your ministry question to tap into the collective knowledge and experience of CRC members across the US and Canada.

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Give Some Christmas Cheer!

It's the giving season. You’ll be buying presents for folks you love, perhaps giving a tip to your newspaper carrier or even baking cookies to spread some good will (and the calories) around. How about giving some Christmas “cheer” (translate that as “encouragement”) to your favorite 

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Introducing The Network News & Support Blog

Since The Network launched 603 days ago new networks have been launched, new features have been added, new guides have been introduced, and new design changes have been made. So we've created this News & Support blog as a place to let you, The Network community, know about the latest news, features, and highlights on The Network.  

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Looking For a Guide or Two, and Maybe You

Are you a church member who is willing to share your experience and enthusiasm for ministry? If so, we should talk. The Network is recruiting new guides. We're always on the lookout for good people who are willing to share some of what they've learned and experienced. Interested?

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The Network Turns 2: Contests for You

The Network launched on February 8, 2010. Since then, it has grown to become one of the CRC's most-visited, most-read, and most-interacted-with sites.To celebrate our second anniversary, we’re announcing two fun contests (with prizes!):

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The Network - Connect with Others About Ministry

There's a way volunteer and staff ministry leaders can connect with each other to compare notes, encourage each other, and talk about the nuts and bolts of various church ministries. In this webinar we'll take a tour of the site and look at examples of the connections being made. 

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Webinar Voting = No More Guesswork

In January we launched another way to connect with others about ministry - live webinars! It's off to a great start. But there's one problem...it's really tough deciding what topics to include. So today we're eliminating the guesswork and letting YOU help us decide.

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New 'Webinar Wednesdays'

We started this Network website so we could all learn and connect with each other about ministry. Now, we're adding live events! Starting next week, "Webinar Wednesdays" offer a new way to connect in real-time.

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Celebrating Our Network "Winners"

The second anniversary festivities are nearly complete. Thanks to all of the blog writers and those of you who’ve worked to become Community Builders. We’ve done our reviews, names have been drawn and we’ve got winners to announce...

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New Comment Guidelines

We've introduced new comment guidelines for The Network. The best thing about our comment guidelines is how seldom we’ve had to enforce them. Members of The Network community tend to be a helpful bunch who come here to equip and encourage each other for ministry, not to pick a fight.

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